faq for sources
the average person does not speak with reporters on a regular basis. you might find terms like “on-background” or “off-the-record” confusing, or have questions about how the reporting process works. i created this guide to provide answers to some of the most common questions i get from sources so that you can make an informed decision to speak with me. (credit for this idea goes to my former colleague, louise matsakis, who has a lovely source guide on her personal website.)
please note that this document reflects my personal preferences—i.e. not that of other journalists—in the most general sense. each source-reporter relationship is unique and could differ from this depending on the circumstances.
i want to share something with you, but i would prefer my name is kept out of it. is that alright?